Sometimes, for whatever reason, managers don’t always last; maybe because of disagreements or a lack of results. It was announced today that Marcelo Bielsa (said to be the best manager in the world by none other than Pep Guardiola) after much delay to officially sign on, has actually resigned as Lazio manager after only 2 days. What a tease! We don’t know yet why he left but this is right up there with some of the shortest periods of time a manager has spent at a club. Not quite the shortest though…
Martin Ling at Cambridge (9 Days)
Martin Ling spent a mere 9 days at Cambridge United, apparently due to ‘irreconcilable differences’ between him and the chairman.
Micky Adams & Kevin Cullis at Swansea (13 days & 7 Days)
Swansea had a real nightmare when it comes to managers during the 96-97 period, going through an extraordinary 6 managers in 18 months. Notably, Micky Adams lasted 13 days and Kevin Cullis only a week.
Dave Basset at Crystal Palace (4 days)
Dave Basset briefly joined Crystal Palace, only to decide after 4 days and 0 games played that he still had unfinished business with Wimbledon.
Marcelo Bielsa at Lazio (2 Days)
Bielsa is right up there for records of shortest time spent as manager but only in second after leaving Lazio just two days into the job! We don’t see the top spot being beaten any time soon...
Leroy Rosenior at Torquay (600 seconds)
Leroy Rosenior takes the prize, spending a grand total of 10 minutes as manager of Torquay United. Poor timing as his enemy, shortly after he signed his contract and his official announcement was given, the club were taken over and he was promptly sacked. The ink probably wasn’t even dry!